WELCOME TO KIRKWOOD UCC
GETTING TO KNOW KIRKWOOD UCC
Kirkwood United Church of Christ is called by God to be an open, diverse and caring community of Jesus’ disciples. In following Christ’s commandment to love one another, we welcome all who wish to share in the fellowship, membership, leadership, worship, ministry, sacraments, rites, responsibilities and blessings of our faith community. As we affirm that every person is a child of God, no one is excluded, regardless of race, ethnic or socio-economic background, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, nationality, or faith background. We are an Open and Affirming congregation. All are welcome here!
ABOUT SUNDAY SERVICES AT KUCC
Location: Our address is 1603 Dougherty Ferry Rd, Kirkwood, 63122. We are at the corner of Dougherty Ferry and Lindemann. Parking is available in the lot behind the church and on Dougherty Ferry Road. Handicap parking is in the parking lot on the west side of the church.
Time: Worship is at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Hearing assistive devices are available.
Childcare is provided for babies through 3-year-olds in our nursery.
Children’s classes meet during worship, after the children’s message. Adult classes follow the service, with childcare provided. For more information on programs for children and youth, see our Youth Programs page.
HANDS ON KIRKWOOD WORK DAY SATURDAY OCTOBER 7
For information about how you can help, see the Hands on Kirkwood sign up page.
PLEASE MAKE A PLEDGE BY OCTOBER 22!
This is the time of year when we ask all members and friends of KUCC to prayerfully consider what they can pledge to support the work of our church on behalf of our church family, our community, and the world. Ten percent of all revenue is dedicated to mission and outreach efforts, which include ministry to areas where disaster, violence, and poverty create enormous human need. As was the case in 2017, giving to the 2018 stewardship campaign INCLUDES giving to One Great Hour of Sharing, Our Christian World Mission, Habitat for Humanity, KirkCare, God’s Helping Hands (the breakfast program and other needs), and our Guatemala partnership with CEDEPCA. For more information about our giving, see our Causes We Support page.
As we renew our facilities through our capital campaign, we seek to renew the work done within and beyond our walls. Please help as you are able. Every pledge, no matter how small, helps us pay our wonderful staff, maintain our facility for our own needs and for the community groups that use our space during the week, and touch lives through service, education, and worship. You can put pledge cards in the offering plate during services or mail them to the church office at 1603 Dougherty Ferry Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122. Please return your cards by October 22 so that we can prepare a budget for our November 19 congregational meeting.
SABBATICAL: A TIME FOR RENWAL AND GRATITUDE!
Members of our congregation who will lead worship during the month of October include–
Please support these worship leaders with your presence and be prepared to learn and grow from the new perspectives they will share.
THANKS TO ALL OF OUR LEMONADE STAND VOLUNTEERS!
With the able leadership of Larry Willman, KUCC continued its tradition of sponsoring a lemonade stand during Kirkwood’s Greentree Festival Sept. 15-17. Previously this has been a youth fundraising activity, but this year the youth passed the baton to the entire congregation. Profits totaled $2338,45, of which ten per cent will go to mission causes and the rest to the church operating budget. We appreciate Larry’s willingness to spearhead this project and the work of the many volunteers who kept shaking up the tangy treats that pleased so many festival goers.
FINDING JOY THROUGH SONG WITH PAUL VASILE
By now, many of you have met Paul Vasile, the guest composer and choral director who has been leading renewal activities for KUCC while Pastor Betsy is on sabbatical. Paul has led workshops for the choir and for the congregation, helping us explore singing as a path to gratitude and joy. Join us for worship to share some of the joyful music Paul has been helping us experience!
CALLING ALL KIDS TO JOIN LOGOS FUN!
This mid-week ministry for children and youth in grades 1 – 8 gives our youth a place where they can come together and safely explore their faith.
LOGOS happens every Thursday evening at KUCC from 4:30 to 7pm. It began September 14 and continues through the beginning of March. Each evening consists of four main parts – Worship Skills, Recreation, Family Time (dinner) and Bible Study – plus a lot of fun. Please join us and bring a friend! Registration forms can be located in the Gathering area. If you have questions, contact LOGOS director Deb Humphrey.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRY OPEN POSITION
Under the direction of the Pastor and in collaboration with the Worship and Music team, the Director of Music Ministry is responsible for organizing, directing and implementing a worship and music program/ministry and for planning music for all church services. This individual will be responsible for directing choral ensembles; directing youth and children’s music ministries; and leading musical participation in worship by the congregation. This role will require an average of 12 hours per week.
- Experience as a vocal coach /choral director
- Music degree desired
- Proficient in vocal training and developing musical talent in individuals & ensembles
- Experience directing church choral music and developing a robust music ministry
- Ability to organize and communicate effectively with leadership and staff
- Ability to work effectively on a team
- Ability to play the piano/organ a plus
Please send all inquiries to Carrie Mershon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 324-3836